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User currently offlineSleekjet From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2048 posts, RR: 22
Posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1256 times:

Up front, I confess that I am fairly new at this. For most, I'm sure the following problem is no problem. But I need some sort of quick reference point that would keep me from getting AA MD-80's and F-100's mixed up when seen from the front.


II Cor. 4:17-18
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User currently offlineDoug_or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3421 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1235 times:

eyebrow windows (the things small windows above the main windows). Md 80s have 'em, 100s don't. also, fokker 100 have long flap actuator housings while the md-80 has the ghetto-riffic dc-9 style ones. also, all AA md-80s seem to have black radoms, except the ex-reno air ones, which are all white, not silver, and the TWA ones, which, well, still say TWA.


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User currently offlineSkihigh2002 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1226 times:

Another thing, Fokkers are shorter looking that the MD-80's.

Chris


User currently offlineZsx81 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 301 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1221 times:

I tell ya, for a problem like this airliners.net is the perfect website. Look at the pictures of both airplanes and notice the differences yourself. Not just fokkers and MD 80s look at any others that confuse you. Airbus airplanes used to confuse the hell out of me. The more time u spend at it the better you will get.


User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7505 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1205 times:

The engines are more towards the rear on a MD80 whereas F100's are alittle more forward of the tailcone.


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User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6865 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1191 times:

Simple from the front, isn't it? MD80's have a windshield glass panel on the centerline and F100s don't. In other words, an MD80s cockpit glass has an odd number of panes and the F100 has an even number. (Hope I'm right about that.)

User currently offlineSonic99 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1185 times:


Rounded cabin windows on the F100 while DC-9 (MD-80) have more rectangular shaped windows.

Sonic99


User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6305 posts, RR: 33
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1162 times:

Forgetting the F28 vs DC9 question. You will learn very quickly to identify aircraft. It just takes time and research.

Good luck,
Steve



Damn, this website is getting worse daily.
User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2504 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1162 times:

Hang in there! Airliners.net is a great way to gain knowledge. I had the same problem with the tail mounted jets and Airbus when I first started here

Not that I am an expert, but I drive my wife nuts every time we are at or near an airport and I am going.....look an MD80......look a 737-200.

Don't rush into it, just enjoy all of the great shots the photographers take here!


Greg



DC-8 61/63/71 DC-9-30/50 MD-80/82/83 DC-10-10/30 MD-11 717 721/2 732/3/4/5/G/8/9 741/2/4 752 762/3 777 A306/319/20/33 AT
User currently offlineGreeneyes53787 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 844 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1158 times:

The server was too slow to let me read the other offerings on this issue. But the simplest way for me to know which plane I am looking at is the center of the windshield.

The MD has a window. The other has a post.

Just like comparing a DC-8 with a 707. The DC has a window. The '07 has a post.

Greeneyes


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